[Tomorrow] 35,000 St. Louis workers received a long overdue raise — and St. Louis joined the roughly 40 other US cities and counties that have adopted local minimum wages. Research in Chicago and other cities shows that these policies are improving workers’ lives without costing jobs. The extra $1,800 a year the average St. Louis worker will earn will help tens of thousands of struggling families — and help the economy as workers spend their paychecks at local businesses.
But the Missouri legislature is not just refusing to raise the state’s paltry $7.70 minimum wage — it is considering overriding the will of local voters and elected leaders by stripping cities of the power to address wages, even though Missouri voters strongly support a higher minimum wage.”
“After two years of standing up, speaking out, and going on strike, we have finally won the raises we were promised back in 2015. Republican lawmakers and their corporate donors have already stolen $35 million from us by holding up our raises, but they won’t steal one penny more. This raise to $11/hour will help us keep the lights on and put food on the table, and is a major step to getting the $15/hour and union rights we’ve been demanding for the past four years.”We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
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